Definition of semanteme in English:

semanteme

noun

Linguistics
  • A minimal distinctive unit of meaning.

    Compare with sememe
    • ‘The relationship between the semanteme of the modern Chinese character and the meaning of the formed word has stable patterns and regulations, which can be divided into eleven categories.’
    • ‘In the meaning of a big ant, the semanteme ‘big’ is a unary predicate whose argument is the semanteme ‘ant’.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from French sémantème, from sémantique (see semantic), on the pattern of words such as morphème morpheme.

Pronunciation:

semanteme

/sɪˈmantiːm/